Institut für Evolution und Ökologie

My Research

My research focuses on (1) the relationship between temporal stability, synchrony and plant strategies mediated via functional traits (populations and communities), (2) plant water economics explicitly linking physiological and morphological traits to soil water conditions (populations), and (3) on plant behavior (decision-making and memory) under competition (individuals). I combine field work on semi-natural gradients with long-term field experiments and greenhouse experiments.  


Brown J.J., Mennicken S., Capichoni Massante J., Dijoux S., Telea A., Benedek A.M., Goetzenberger L., Májeková M., Lepš J., Šmilauer P., Hrček J., de Bello F. A novel method to predict dark diversity using unconstrained ordination analysis. Journal of Vegetation Science 2019;00.

Májeková M., Martínková J., Hájek T. Grassland plants show no relationship between leaf drought tolerance and soil moisture affinity, but rapidly adjust to changes in soil moisture. Funct Ecol. 2019;00:1–12.

Lepš J., Májeková M., Vítová A., Doležal J., de Bello F. 2018. Stabilizing effects in temporal fluctuations: management, traits and species richness in high-diversity communities. Ecology 99(2): 360-371

Gruntman M., Groß D., Májeková M., Tielbörger K. 2017. Decision-making in plants under competition. Nature Communications 8(1).

Lewis R.J., de Bello F., Bennett J.A., Fibich P., Finerty G.E., Götzenberger L., Hiiesalu I., Kasari L., Lepš J., Májeková M., Mudrák O., Riibak K., Ronk A., Rychtecká T., Vitová A., Pärtel M. 2017. Dark diversity: Its potential application for nature conservation. Conservation Biology 31 (1): 40-47

Májeková M., Paal T., Plowman N. S., Bryndová, M. Kasari L., Norberg A., Weiss M., Bishop T. R., Luke S. H., Sam K., Le Bagousse-Pinguet Y., Lepš J., Götzenberger L., de Bello F. 2016. Evaluating functional diversity: missing trait data and the importance of species abundance structure and data transformation. PLoS ONE 11(2):e0149270

Májeková M., Janeček Š., Mudrák O., Horník J., Janečková P., Bartoš M., Fajmon K., Jiráská Š., Götzenberger L., Šmilauer P., Lepš J., de Bello F. 2016. Consistent functional response of meadow species and communities to land-use changes across productivity and soil moisture gradients. Applied Vegetation Science 19(2): 196-205

Masarovičová E., Májeková, M., Vykouková I.  2015. Functional traits and plasticity in ecological research and education. Chemistry-Didactics-Ecology-Metrology 20(1-2): 59-65

Májeková M., de Bello F., Doležal J., Lepš J. 2014. Plant functional traits as determinants of population stability. Ecology 95(9): 2369-2374

Májeková M., Vykouková I. 2011. Biomass of herbaceous leayer in floodplain forests (Suballiance Ulmenion Oberd. 1953) on the outskirts of Bratislava. Ekologia (Bratislava) 30(3): 315-321